Zabielski to helm ‘Police Academy’ redo

Script penned by David Diamond, David Weissman

Longtime “Tosh.0” helmer Scott Zabielski will make his feature directorial debut with New Line’s remake of “Police Academy.”

Zabielski beat out several more experienced helmers for the coveted comedy gig, which the director is well suited for, having gone through actual police academy training as a reserve officer in West Hollywood.

David Diamond and David Weissman wrote the script, while original “Police Academy” producer Paul Maslansky will return to produce the remake. New Line is expected to start production this year, though they’ll have to find a cast first.

The original 1984 “Police Academy” opened atop the box office where it stayed for three weeks before dropping to the second slot. However, it regained the top spot during its fifth and sixth weekends and proved to have legs throughout the summer, grossing more than $81 million domestically despite never playing on more than 1,587 screens.

Zabielski started his career as an editor on “Beauty and the Geek” and “Talkshow with Spike Feresten.” He’s repped by UTA and Underground Films and Management.